IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sure to top many holiday wish lists, Gateway today introduced the PC enthusiast’s dream machine, the Gateway(R) FX530 Series Desktop PC. The FX530 comes with a wide array of high-end options that allow the PC to be customized for advanced applications such as digital content creation and serious PC gaming.

The Gateway FX530 desktop PC delivers a true breakthrough in computing by including cutting-edge technology such as powerful processing and graphics capabilities as well as advanced storage options that all contribute to the system’s unsurpassed performance and reliability. Tech-savvy PC users will be enthralled with the PC’s powerful combination of an Intel(R) Core(R) 2 Duo or Intel(R) Core(R) 2 Extreme processor with ATI RADEON(R) x1950 and x1900 CrossFire(TM) Edition Graphics. In addition, the FX530 was designed to support Intel’s next-generation Quad-Core processing technology when available.

Gamers will especially appreciate the fact that the Gateway FX530 can be purchased direct from Gateway with over-clocking capabilities. Fully tested and backed by a Gateway limited warranty(5), the Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 dual-core processor can be ordered over-clocked for maximum performance. Unlike most other major PC OEMs, Gateway will warranty the system, providing a previously unavailable level of reliability and support while delivering new performance heights.

“The Gateway FX530 Series delivers so many leading-edge technology options in the four areas that impact performance most — processing, graphics, storage and system reliability,” said Gary Elsasser, vice president, platforms. “Customers can choose the features in their PC that will have the greatest impact on what they’re using it for — such as high-end graphics for gamers or high-capacity storage for digital creation enthusiasts. Plus, advanced features like over-clocked processors and RAID hard drive storage ensure customers are getting a high-powered system that also meets their strict reliability requirements.”

The Gateway FX530 Series offers a wide range of customizable cutting-edge technology to deliver revolutionary levels of performance, powering vivid high-definition graphics and multi-tasking responsiveness. The FX530 Series can be ordered now through Gateway’s Direct channels (www.gateway.com or 1-800-GATEWAY). It will begin shipping Nov. 2. First-rate Features for Top-Notch Multimedia, Gaming

The FX Series features support for a range of PCI Express graphics cards from NVIDIA and ATI, including the leading-edge ATI RADEON x1950 and x1900 CrossFire Edition Dual Graphics Cards for unparalleled video, graphics and gaming performance. Of course, no system of this caliber would be complete without stellar audio. Customers have the option of adding Audigy 4 and Sound Blaster X-Fi sound cards as well as award-winning Logitech Surround Sound Speakers, making their video, games and music more enjoyable and realistic.

The new FX530 desktops include Intel(R) Viiv(TM) technology and Genuine Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Media Center Edition 2005, making it easy to view photos, video, listen to music or watch DVDs. All models support an optional integrated TV tuner and remote control for TV viewing from the comfort of the couch. The desktop PCs feature Gigabit (10/100/1000) Ethernet for a fast network connection, critical for online gaming as well as for sending and receiving large data files, such as photos and video. High-capacity, High-performance Storage

The Gateway FX530 Series features some of the most advanced storage technologies available in a PC today. The PC can be purchased with 750GB perpendicular drives for leading-edge system performance as well as a massive capacity of up to 2.25TB(1). The additional drive bay allows users to expand storage capacity to 3TBs(1). In addition, several models come standard with two Western Digital Raptor 150GB 10,000 RPM drives striped for maximum performance. Featuring three configured hard drives, customers have the option of configuring their FX530 with RAID 0, 1 and 5, providing performance and redundancy benefits. New Chassis Design

The FX Series’ vast technology and features are matched by its new chassis design that brings a distinctly cutting-edge look and feel to the FX series. The chassis is emblazoned with “FX” on the side panels in a choice of four vibrant metallic colors, including redline, copper core, black steel and blue carbon. The air intake vent on the front of the system complements the FX effects for enhanced visual appeal. In addition, the new chassis utilizes a BTX design that delivers cool and quiet operation, while its tool-free chassis allows for easy upgrading and access to internal components.

Security Features

The FX530 Series is offered with advanced security options to protect the customer’s data and investment. All models come with a 90-day trial of McAfee Internet Security Suite(TM) (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware, Firewall and Parental Control)(2). A proactive service tool called BigFix(R) is included at no charge on all Gateway systems(3). With the customer’s permission, BigFix identifies and sends messages offering updates to enhance the performance or capabilities of the PC. Configurations, Pricing and Availability

Available to order now direct from Gateway, the new FX530 Series desktop PCs can be configured with popular features and technology. The FX530 models are Microsoft Vista Premium Ready(4) and are eligible for a for a free upgrade to Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium via the Microsoft Windows Vista Express Upgrade Program. For more information, go to: http://www.gateway.com/vista/express.

Warranty, Service and Support

The new PCs are supported by the company’s standard limited warranty options(5). Additional service and support options are available. Gateway’s commitment to quality and reliability is evident in its award-winning line of PCs as well as in its exceptional service and support programs. The company’s extensive online support center helps customers maximize their PC investment; it gives them easy access to customer support representatives and information on important issues such as warranties, technical issues and upgrading. About Gateway

Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway (NYSE: GTW) has been offering award-winning PCs and related products to consumers, businesses, government agencies and schools with highest quality and service and best overall value. Gateway is now the third largest PC company in the U.S. and among the top ten worldwide. The company’s value-based eMachines brand is sold exclusively by leading retailers worldwide, while the premium Gateway line is available at major retailers, over the web and phone, and through its direct and indirect sales force. See www.gateway.com for more information.

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